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Full on – Laser 4.7s start a race in testing conditions in Belgium
Laser
The Irish Laser 4.7 ISA squad have arrived home from the World Championships in Belgium. It proved to be a great learning experience for the Irish team many of whom were competing in their first international Laser event. The wind…
Come fly with me. Annalise Murphy about to board the Dublin-Verona flight. Even the under-carriage hatch-cover is on-message
Annalise Murphy
It’s not every day you get to fly on a jetliner named in your honour writes W M Nixon. But then, not everyone has won Ireland a Silver Medal in the Olympics. Even at that, today’s busy flight schedules are…
Sailors gather for the briefing for the NYC Junior Regatta
National YC
The skies were grey but this didn’t deter the keen young sailors who participated in the Davy National Yacht Club Junior Regatta last Wednesday writes Frieda Ford. With over 110 participants there was a buzz at the National. Representatives from…
Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2017. The town’s potential to host such events of international standard is made possible by the quiet yet efficient presence of Dun Laoghaire Marina
W M Nixon
With the success of Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2017 now universally acknowledged in highlighting the developing role of Dun Laoghaire Harbour as a major waterborne recreational centre, it is timely to remember the vital contribution made to the contemporary scene…
Spindrift 2 can reach speeds of nearly 50–knots
News Update
The massive French trimaran Maxi Spindrift 2 is en route to Dun Laoghaire from France to attempt to beat Phaedo's Round Ireland Speed Sailing Record set in a time of 36 hours and 52 minutes in August last year. The…
The Irish 4.7 Sailing Squad members (left to right) Coach Chris Penny, Jack Fahy( RStGYC) Michael Carroll(KYC) Tom Higgins(RStGYC)Michael O'Suilleabhain(KYC)Thomas Mulvenna(CYC)Eve McMahon(HYC)Clare Gorman(NYC).
Youth Sailing
The National Yacht Club's Clare Gorman is off to a great start having posted a ten and a four to be tenth overall in the Ladies division of the Laser 4.7 team sailing in the World Championships which began yesterday…
The serious helmsman. Jack Roy and his daughter Jill racing their Squib class Kanaloa, no 130. One of the oldest boats racing in the Dublin Bay class, they worked together to restore her from a near-derelict condition
W M Nixon
The role of President of what is now Irish Sailing is central to our activities afloat. The diverse boating community that the President both serves and represents is affected by the variable socio–economic circumstances in which our sport - in…
Solo sailor – NYC Commodore Ronan Beirne (left) salutes NYC member and Mini Transat entrant Tom Dolan in Dun Laoghaire
Solo Sailing
With 80–days to go to the 2017 Mini Transat Race, solo sailor Tom Dolan was in Dun Laoghaire at his club, the National Yacht Club, to coach some friends out in the bay in an evening of fresh winds. Tom…
Kenefick in full flight in his new Moth dinghy at Lake Garda
Moth
With the Moth World Championships fast approaching with 240 boats expected in Lake Garda, there's been plenty of foiling practise going on at the Italian lake this week.  The championships has attracted several Irish boats, including national champion Rory Fitzpatrick…
Smiles all round as the National Yacht Club celebrated 50 years of junior sailing last weekend
National YC
Last Sunday was a perfect sailing day – sun, wind, and lots of smiles as we celebrated 50 years of the Junior Sailing Section at the NYC. Commodore Ronan Beirne welcomed the families as they arrived in the Club. A…
VDLR 2017 Boat of the Week is won by Joker II from the Royal Irish Yacht Club. The J109 skipper, John Maybury, is joined onstage by all other trophy winners
Volvo Regatta
Ireland’s biggest sailing event, the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, came to a gentle close this afternoon after an exciting four days of racing in Dublin Bay with over 475 boats and almost 2,500 sailors competing. A light sea breeze of…
Paddy Gregory's Flashback took the Offshore lead at Dun Laoghaire Regatta this afternoon
Volvo Regatta
A sea breeze brought changes to the leader board in several classes in the penultimate day of Ireland's biggest sailing regatta, the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta on Dublin Bay today. One contender for tomorrow's (Sunday) top prize of the 'Volvo…
The photo that says a thousand words. Periwinkle and Myfanwy approach Dun Laoghaire harbour towards the finish of the first race on the Kingstown 200 series. To celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Kingstown Harbour, this year’s Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2017 includes a significant fleet of Classic and Traditional vessels, racing for the Kingstown 200 Trophy. And the fleet is varied in the extreme.  Towards the end of their first race on Thursday - which concluded with an in-harbour finish close off the National YC where the classics are berthed - the leader on the water as expected was the superbly-restored Dublin Bay 24 Periwinkle (David Espey & Chris Craig), an Alfred Mylne design of late 1930s vintage.  But the final leg to the harbour mouth was a long reach in a pleasant sou’easter from the middle of Dublin Bay, and the Welsh visitor Myfanwy, a 36ft cutter designed by Alexander Richardson of Liverpool in 1897 (he also designed John Jameson’s legendary Irex in 1884) was going like a train. Owner Rob Mason recently restored her himself from virtual dereliction. He has given her a fine suit of sails to match her generous spread of canvas, and with a keen crew, Myfanwy was very much a contender, though Periwinkle did stave her off at the very end.  However, it has given us what could well be the photo that symbolises the Kingstown 200 within Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 200. The splendid granite East Pier now looks as though it is a natural part of the environment – you could well imagine it in place when Dublin Bay itself was formed. The crisp, clean and generously-sized tricolour flying proudly tells us there has been a change of management, but one that increasingly respects all that we have inherited from the past. And coming in past the pierhead are two handsome yachts which speak eloquently of our rich sailing history and heritage, as the Dublin Bay 24s were a major and very successful class in the bay from 1947 to 2004, while Myfanwy is a direct link back to a period when John Jameson of Dublin Bay with his mighty Irex was the most successful yacht owner of his era. Photo: David O’Brien/Afloat.ie
W M Nixon
The difference between an un-sailable calm and a light breeze which is just good enough to provide decent racing is enormous when you’re trying to get a very large regatta off to a successful start. So although the fleet racing…
Not hangin' around – The SB20 Sea Biscuit (Marty Cuppage) is racing for Southern Championship honours as part of Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta
Volvo Regatta
It was business as usual for John Maybury's J109 Joker II in this afternoon's opening races of the 2017 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta. The triple class one ICRA national champion has moved to the top of the leaderboard in Ireland's…
Traditional Water Wags Number 41 Mollie (Claudine Murphy) and Number 45 Mariposa, (Cathy MacAleavey) sail past the assembled Classic boat fleet at the Carlisle Pier adjacent to the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire
National YC
It could be over 50 years since a cotton topsail has been seen from the National Yacht Club and this afternoon as the classic fleet arrived "Peggy Bawn", a GL Watson 36–ft Cutter, built in 1894, hoisted her cotton suit…
62 sailing nations – including Ireland – with 280 sailors will compete in Thailand
Optimist
Thailand has been selected to host the Optimist World Championship 2017, and the event has now confirmed the participation of a total of 62 sailing nations – including Ireland – with 280 sailors, a record-breaking landmark for this world stage…

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